Working social media in many industries, particularly higher education, can be a demanding and constant responsibility. Realizing a need to provide something for these professionals, but without adding to cognitive load, two HighEdWeb members developed a wellness newsletter. Erin Supinka, associate director of digital engagement at Dartmouth College, and Krista Boniface, senior social media strategist […]
More than 15 years into my career, I’ve now had three institutions and more than a decade under my belt, with a few more years in newspapers and a stop in private industry for a couple more. Here’s what I’ve learned.
University web, social and marketing workers have an important role to play in the turbulent political and social climate now gripping the country, Georgy Cohen argued Monday at HighEdWeb17. During a session titled “This is Not Fine” Working on the Web in Higher Ed in Uncertain Times” Cohen issued a call for universities to advocate […]
Ithaca College’s Dave Cameron (no, not THAT Dave Cameron. Or the other one. This one.) brought down the house at last year’s HighEdWeb New England with his “Share Human” keynote. He brought a version of that talk to #heweb16. Dave starts with the reminder that “the entire point of being human… is to share.” He started […]
Being the “new kid” in the office isn’t always easy, and it’s even more of a challenge when you’re in your first “grown up” job out of college, and may seem like a kid to colleagues. It’s unlikely that you’ll never work with a young professional – someone with less than five years of experience, […]
In August 2013, LinkedIn rolled out a new feature, University Pages, in order to help students make a decision on their future institution. It sounds great for them, but for social media managers, it might just feel like one “new thing” to figure out. LinkedIn carved out a special place for each institution, which can […]
American innovation has revolutionized the way we think, interact, and explore our creativity. As human beings, it is our brains’ ability to draw reasonable conclusions and make logical decisions that separate us from other earthly creatures. With the gift of free cognitive thought, we make our own choices, develop our own visions, and form ideas, […]
“So, what are you doing after you graduate?” — A question students heading into their sophomore, junior and senior years are often pressured to answer. Many line up dream jobs in their head, but haven’t yet figured out how to get there. How do they solve the problem? Internships! I feared applying to internships for […]
Eight tips to jump start your social community.
Déjà vu all over again.
Things in Higher Ed are better than we let on. But how do we build on our awesomeness to help our institutions be successful?
The holiday card: a fixture of the higher educations communications landscape.
Pushing the envelope in higher education is not always easy, so imagine the challenge when you want to transform the envelope into a zombie that wants to eat your students’ brains.
I love higher education. But like any relationship, what originally attracts and enchants can later be irritating and disappointing.
Project management makes order of the chaos.
Routine. Drudgery. Burnout. They’re things we all fear or deal with when we work in an industry long enough. Little did I know those feelings would be hip-checked into oblivion by a group of women on wheels, in fishnets.
Reuben’s keynote discussed the value of changing and challenging traditional approaches to both the Web and marketing, but also noted the value of principles from “old school” companies.
People go by many names and titles, be it web manager, specialist, strategist, master, maven, guru or overlord. Titles are about as useful as job descriptions in predicting what exactly you will do.
While it took me a while to get used to the quiet and the slower pace, over time I realized that my immersion in an online newsroom had uniquely prepared me for the challenges of higher-ed web communications. While the context, and what’s at stake, varies greatly between journalism and higher education, many of the same communication principles apply.
In the summer of 2009, I was about done with higher ed. In two different jobs at two different colleges, I felt as though I was always being held back from doing all I could do online, mostly due to political nonsense that had nothing to do with meeting goals and objectives.